President George H.W Bush committed himself to the welfare of the United States of America from a very young age. At the age of 18, he was already a part of the US Navy.
He was the youngest pilot, who had shown the capacity to fly 58 combat missions in the Second World War. He was also a torpedo bomber pilot, and was shot down by a Japanese anti aircraft before a US submarine rescued him. the Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded to him as a sign of bravery.
Gradually, President Bush turned his interest towards politics. He was a Congress Representative from Texas for two terms. Apart from that he had also served in many high-profile positions in the United States. Some of the important offices that he held were as follows:
- Chief of the U. S. Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China
- Chairman of the Republican National Committee
- Ambassador to the United Nations
- Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
In 1980, had contested for the Presidential Elections, but got defeated and became the Vice-President during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. He was the 43rd Vice-President of the country and remained in office from 1981-1989. During his active Vice-Presidential,Bush visited a number of foreign countries for diplomatic missions.
In 1988, he contested for the Presidential Elections again and won by a wide margin. He had Senator Dan Quayle from Indiana as his running mate. His tenure as the President saw the collapse of Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. President Mikhail Gorbachev had to step down. the expertise of Bush in matters of foreign affairs and international diplomacy were well exhibited during his tenure as the President.
By the end of his tenure in 1993, Bush's formidable international stature was dampened by widespread resentment back home. there was huge spending on the wars that went deficit from the economy. Violence also erupted in the inner cities of the country. However, his global reputation sustained him even through the worst of his times. Even after his Presidential tenure, he remained a popular figure.
President George H.W Bush has several famous quotations to his name. Few of his well-known quotes are as follows:
- Please don't ask me to do that which I've just said I'm not going to do, because you're burning up time. the meter is running through the sand on you, and I am now filibustering".
- I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli".
- I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it".
- America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world".
- We are a nation of communities...a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky".
- It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another".
- We don't want an America that is closed to the world. What we want is a world that is open to America".
Last Updated : October 21, 2013